One Day Basking Shark Tour

These trips run exclusively during the peak period on July/August and are based from Oban or Tobermory (Isle of Mull). Otherwise during calm weather when we have recent sightings we also can run this tour April-June and for private groups.

You have the opportunity for a full day of wildlife watching and searching for basking sharks. The trips are tailored to those who want to swim but we also have people watching on board who have a great time. Everyone onboard can get involved in the science project, recording sightings and other important information about the sharks.



However there are always chances we can’t find them in one day which you must prepare for – this is nature remember! If you want better odds then we would suggest one of our multi-day tours, all of which have a higher success rate.

Please see our itinerary below.

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Our day starts in Oban North Pier opposite the Regent Hotel or Dunstaffnage Marina, where you will be checked in then briefed on the day's plan and safety measures. It takes approximately two and a half hours to reach our target area of Coll and Tiree, through the Sound of Mull. On our journey we will travel through prime wildlife country where there are possibilities of seeing whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, eagles and many types of seabirds, along with our basking sharks. This area is also rich in history where we pass Duart Castle, seat of the McLean clan, sites of historic shipwrecks, lighthouses, stunning scenery and the famous waterfront of Tobermory. 


We stop in Tobermory for a brief toilet stop and to pick up any passengers joining us from here. Departure 09:30.


On arrival we will continue to search for basking sharks along the coast of the islands. During this time there is still plenty wildlife to spot and everyone can be on deck getting the most of the experience.  Once we have spotted a shark, we will carefully watch its behaviour and if it looks to be relaxed, the swimmers will prepare for the in-water experience with the shark following our code of conduct.

You’ll have a few chances to swim with sharks during the day, however interactions are dependant on what the sharks are doing.  Watching from the comfort of the boat is just as exciting, and a little more relaxing than all the swimming efforts! The trip will give you approximately 6 hours of time in which to look for and interact with sharks in the hotspot.


Once we reach mid-afternoon we need to unfortuantly return home. We arrive back to Tobermory for 15:45 for those passnegers to depart and those going back to Oban with have a half an hour break. It's a chance to explore the town, toilet stop or a late lunch departing 16:15.


Our approximate return time to Oban/Dunstaffnage 

What's Included

  • Knowledgable guides
  • Hot drinks
  • Home baking snack
  • Amazing wildlife, scenery and culture
  • Onboard binoculars, books and information guides

What's Not Included

  • Equipment Hire - see here for information.
  • Weather or wildlife guarantees! Sorry we’d love to be able to do that but we really do believe that our trips give you the best chance of seeing sharks.
  • Lunch - please bring your lunch with you.
  • Accommodation on one day tours
  • Transport to Oban or Mull - see this link to travel to Oban. For international clients or groups we can arrange buses from Edinburgh or Glasgow.